Archives for June 2015

Hermaphrodite Worm Has Sex With Its Head

No mate? No problem for a free-living flatworm that shoots sperm into its head to fertilize itself. Continue reading →
Discovery News

Robotic Bricklayer Can Build A House in Two Days

An automated crane system can place hundreds of bricks per hour, around the clock. Continue reading →
Discovery News

Decreasing intensity of open-ocean convection in the Greenland and Iceland seas

A combination of retreating sea ice and different rates of warming in the Greenland and Iceland seas is reducing winter air–sea heat fluxes. These fluxes drive ocean convection and are projected to decrease further.

Nature Climate Change doi: 10.1038/nclimate2688

Nature Climate Change – AOP – science feeds

Sugary Drinks Kill 184,000 People Every Year

Sugar-sweetened beverages contribute to death, obesity and heart disease.
Discovery News

Small volcanic eruption closes parts of resort near Tokyo

TOKYO (Reuters) – A small volcanic eruption at a Japanese hot springs resort not far from Tokyo prompted authorities on Tuesday to further limit access to the area, warn that more eruptions were possible and urge a handful of people to evacuate.

Reuters: Environment

An Ocean Mystery in the Trillions

Much is still not known about the bristlemouth, the planet’s most plentiful vertebrate. What’s more, the ocean, making up 99 percent of the biosphere, may hold untold undiscovered species.
NYT > Oceans

Climate change ecology: Salmon behaving badly

Projected future CO 2 levels reduce the growth of juvenile salmon and alter their behaviour, with implications for the productivity of coastal ecosystems unless populations can adapt.

Nature Climate Change doi: 10.1038/nclimate2687

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Seed Freedom! A last chance to thwart the great African seed grab

Nineteen African nations meet today in Arusha, Tanzania, to finalise a ‘plant protection’ protocol that would open up the continent’s seeds to corporate interests, taking away farmers’ rights to grow, improve, sell and exchange their traditional seeds, while allowing commercial breeders to make free use of the biodiversity they embody, to sell them back to farmers in ‘improved’ form.
Environment news & analysis, climate change reports –
The Ecologist

How Rainwater Could Save Rupees

Rainwater could save people in India a bucket of money, according to a new study by scientists looking at NASA satellite data. The study, partially funded by NASA’s Precipitation Measurement Missions, found that collecting rainwater for vegetable irrigation could reduce water bills, increase caloric intake and even provide a second source of income for people in India.

ENN: Top Stories

How Tiny Satellites are Invading the Solar System

As multi-million dollar spacecraft crawl across our solar system, they could bring smaller passengers with them — these tiny vehicles are called CubeSats and they've so far done a great job colonizing low Earth orbit.
Discovery News